Wyoming Vacations


There are certain destinations that are ideal for family travel. One such place: Wyoming. With plenty of room to roam, incredible outdoor activity options to explore and abundant opportunites for adventure, Wyoming is the perfect place to create family memories that will last forever, especially as the state is home to bucket-list family vacations that include visiting Yellowstone National Park, hiking in Grand Teton National Park or staying at a guest ranch.

But truth be told, that's just scratching the surface in terms of family-travel opportunities.

Get off-the-beaten-path and explore the spirit of the West in Sundance, Buffalo and Cody; go stargazing at Devils Tower National Monument; soak up cowboy culture at Cheyenne Frontier Days (or any small-town rodeo); dig for fossils with the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis and the Tate Museum in Casper; learn about the Oregon Trail and early pioneers at the National Trails Interpretive Center in Casper; spend a weekend in the great outdoors on a camping trip; or cast a fishing line on Wyoming's lakes. 

To help make planning your family trip even easier, you'll find suggestions for Wyoming's four road-trip routesSalt to Stone, Rockies to Tetons, Park to Park and Black to Yellow—all ending in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, below. 

Salt to Stone: Rich in Family Fun 

If your family is interested in adventure, history and some of Wyoming's most wide-open spaces, the Salt to Stone route is ideal for your trip. Family-focused highlights include visiting Fossil Butte National Monument to learn about one of the largest deposits of freshwater fish fossils in the world, seeing the wild horses along the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour, hiking in Star Valley, standing in the Pony Express Trail in Farson or tasting the west at Pitchfork Fondue Western Cookout in Pinedale. 

Explore our Salt to Stone itinerary:  Salt to Stone

Rockies to Tetons: Mountains of Family Moments 

Stretching from Wyoming's southeast corner to the state's northwest corner, family highlights along this route include Cheyenne, easy hiking trails in the Medicine Bow National Forest, soaking in natural hot springs in Saratoga, visiting the Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins, walking through history at Atlantic City and South Pass City, learning about the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation and visiting the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center (and seeing the giant jackalope) in Dubois

Explore our Rockies to Tetons itinerary:  Rockies to Tetons

Park to Park: Discover the Old West 

Introduce your family to the spirit of the West along the Park to Park route, with recommended highlights that include Cheyenne Frontier Days (held annually in July), learning about the impact of treaties at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, standing in wagon ruts along the Oregon Trail, visiting the interactive National Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, seeing ancient rocks along Wind River Canyon, digging for dinosaurs and soaking in natural hot springs in Thermopolis, and treating yourself to fresh chocolate from the Meeteetse Chocolatier before ending the trip in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks.

Explore our Park to Park itinerary:  Park to Park 

Black to Yellow: Walk Through History 

One of the most diverse routes, the Black to Yellow route starts in northeast Wyoming and ends in Yellowstone National Park. Family-friendly recommendations along the route include visiting Sundance (the town where western outlaw "The Sundance Kid" got his name), taking an easy walk around Devils Tower National Monument, attending the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, setting out on a guided boat tour on Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, learning about Buffalo Bill in Cody and ending the trip with a stay in the world's first national park. 

Explore our Black to Yellow itinerary:  Black to Yellow

Want more on planning family vacations or traveling with kids? Check out additional resources here, include activities from 50 free things to do in Wyoming or choose from a variety of outdoor activities, including boating on Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area or taking a hike on the state's public lands.